Ratings based on 104 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.2 out of 5
89% of guests recommend
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from brighton

Fantastic view but jaded hotel and staff.

Posted Aug 24, 2014
Pros: Great view of the beautiful coast line. And a private beach which is a big bonus.
Cons: The lifts down to the beach need upgrading. Facilities need to stay open longer. Breakfast is very disappointing.
Location: View is amazing but the hotel was a let down. Amalfi is interesting but it's worth a boat trip to Positano to see more life, bars and shops.
We thought the sea view was fantastic. The staff were efficient but occasionally offhand. The hotel is some way from Amalfi itself and although there is a free minibus service to the town, the last one is at 8 pm. Standard fare for a taxi back to the hotel is 25 Euros which makes for an expensive night out. The alternative is to scramble for a local bus which is cheaper but usually rammed with people. To be honest there is no reason to stay at the hotel in the evening because, even in the height of summer and when fully booked, there is no atmosphere. The staff seem more intent on shutting up shop and going home in the evening. There are very many steps to negotiate on all levels so you need to be fit you want to visit the beach which is exclusively for the use of guests, and a major plus point. Or take your chances in the lifts which appear to be in need of updating.
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from new jersey

Haunted castle with a great Amalfi beach

Posted Aug 23, 2014
The hotel and all the facilities are dated. Room can be cleaner, but the location is probably the best as beaches are a premium in Amalfi. The waiters work for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they are really nice. The beach made the place and the shuttle to Amalfi with Giovanni as the driver was great. We went to the town for dinner every night
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler


Posted Aug 6, 2014
Pros: The staff were very attentive and helpful
Location: Check out water taxi and local bus routes to get the most out of your trip
The hotel has lost the shine of the 5th star but was still made up for by the attentiveness of the staff. Further out of Amalfi than we would have liked.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Jul 11, 2014
Hotel is in a beautiful location with great views, but the room was incredibly small and accommodations felt dated. Without a car it was incredibly inconvenient to get around given the location and limited service of the shuttle service. We had mixed experiences with the staff, some of which were incredibly accommodating and others acted as if we were a burden when we called the concierge. We chose the hotel because it was one of the few hotels in Amalfi with a private beach. Unfortunately, when we went down for a swim we were told where we could sit based on the amount of time booked at the hotel. Guests who booked 3 months got an opportunity to sit in the front row, while I was told I had to sit in the last row (we booked 5 nights and 4 days). This is an outrageous policy for a paying customer. Overall, the experience was disappointing and would be hard-pressed to say the hotel lived up to it's "5 star" title.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from yorkshire england

the views and private beach were wonderful

Posted Jul 8, 2014
Pros: the beach and the view from our room. The room was spacious and comfortable and clean.
Cons: no tea/coffee facilities in the room. The tea and coffee at breakfast was luke warm. Breakfast did not vary/hot option was same everyday.
Location: not walking distance to Amalfi or other areas, needed to drive and parking in Amalfi was expensive. shuttle bus stopped at 8 o'clock in evening.
very pleasant stay at this hotel. the staff were pleasant and helpful.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Gorgeous views, beautiful hotel

Posted Jul 5, 2014
Pros: Nice beach setting with cocktails served, pool and whole setting described above
Cons: The rooms should be updated with bedding and d├ęcor.
Location: just on edge of Amalfi but shuttle to town every hour where some cute shops
Loved this hotel. Our room was sparse, could have been updated but spacious and bathroom nice. Staff was wonderful, helpful but the best part was the setting and views - so beautiful, the hotel lobbies, walkways canopied in flowers. Our room opened up to a large stone patio with a beautiful view of the Amalfi and the sea. Ate at the restaurant which was expensive and the food not very good but the view and setting were spectacular!
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Breathtaking views and stylishly decorated place

Posted Jun 28, 2014
Pros: Professional and helpful personnel combined with skilfully decorated public areas and breathtaking scenic views helped create a very relaxing and plea
Cons: somewhat dated air conditioner in the room which was rather noisy and not very impressive food quality/menu in the restaurant.
my wife and I enjoyed our stay at Il Saraceno. Professional and helpful personnel combined with skilfully decorated public areas and scenic views helped create a very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. Private beach helps create a bit of exclusivity, one doesn't have to squeeze into overcrouded public beach. Hotel offers a shuttle bus to Amalfi with its numerous restaurants. Overall, an enjoyable stay, wouldn't mind coming back.
3 out of 5
for Everyone
by Sal from New Jersey

Hotel with a great view, but VERY outdated

Posted Jun 17, 2014
Pros: Location Bed Room Size Decent free breakfast
Cons: Hotel needs a major renovation, including all the decor and furniture. Very limited AC in the bedroom No AC in the bathroom area
Location: Ten minute drive from the center of Amalfi, close to Positano and a ferry ride from Capri.
This was our first trip to Italy. We toured Rome for a couple of days and then traveled down to Amalfi. We picked this hotel based on the ratings and the view. After my stay, I would not consider this hotel as a four star hotel. One thing I realized is that there are a lot of hotels in Amalfi with a similar view along the same cliffs. The hotel needs major renovation. Its decor consists of a medieval Moroccan theme and the furniture is very dated. With that said, one of the things that distinguished this hotel from others is that it did have a PRIVATE beach with a working elevator. Not all of the hotels have a private beach and or elevator. So that can be a major factor in choosing your hotel. IThe n some cases, it can be difficult to walk up a flights of stairs. At the same time, you're not going to Italy to stay in your room or around the hotel the entire time. So, the hotel can probably meet your immediate needs, but just don't go there with high expectations. The staff was very helpful and were accommodating. Also factor in travel costs to Amalfi. For us, we took the fast train from Rome to Naples, which cost us $84 Euros. However, it cost us $130 Euros from Naples to Amalfi via taxi or private car service. There is public transportation via train or bus, but when you have a lot of luggage, I would not recommend it. Definitely consider staying in Positano, also another great tourist town. Also recommend visiting Capri.
5 out of 5
by Bob snd Janet from Minnesota USA

Breathtaking! Every view is amazing

Posted Jun 8, 2014 on Hotels.com
If you are looking for a unique experience in a truly beautiful location, this is the place. Every view is stunning, the breakfast was exceptional and the pool and beach were outstanding. Although situated a ways up the coast, the shuttle to town was expertly operated making trips to Amalfi easy. We utilized the pool and beach to relax and recover from a whirlwind tour of Italy and found this hotel to be the perfect place to recharge for our final days.
5 out of 5
for Couples
by Carole from Reading

Excellent hotel, on the beach, fantastic views

Posted Jun 2, 2014
Pros: The structure of the hotel and the way it was decorated. Very rustic and atmospheric. Topped off with fantastic views.
Cons: For us it was perfect just the way it was.
Location: Location was 5 minutes drive away from Amalfi. Other areas easily accessable via taxi. Excursions run to Capri, Mount Versuvius and Pompei
The Hotel is built into the hillside and very quirky. Lots of nooks and crannies with fantastic decor and views. It was lovely to have the option of sitting by the pool or sitting on the beach. There are lifts which go to the pool and the beach but I would say that people with mobility concerns may find it difficult, though not impossible. The food was delicious, a little expensive but worth it. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and really appreciate it if you try and speak Italian - great for stiking up a relationship. The Hotel operate a shuttle service to Amalfi and back which was really useful and only takes 5 minutes. The scenary was outstanding. You can make the holiday as relaxing or as busy as you wish. The Hotel offer information on excursions and are happy to help you book whatever you may wish to do. We would not hesitate to go back to the hotel.